MHS has solid showing at State DECA

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Seniors Lauren Dahler and Searra Funch took second place in their respective events at the DECA State Career Development Conference on March 4-6 in Lake Geneva.

Dahler finished second with a project in financial consulting, while Funch also placed second in retail merchandising. In all, 14 MHS DECA students competed at the conference.

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Students performed role plays and took marketing related exams based on scenarios they would encounter if they worked in marketing. Some students also participated in special projects where they created their own business idea, created a financial plan for a customer, or tried to sell security services to a business owner.  

Besides Dahler and Funch, other MHS series champions included:  
Third place: Poojha Prabahara Sundar and Zinnia Nie (Financial Services Team Decision-Making)
Fourth place: Poohja Prabahara Sundar (Financial Consulting)
Fifth place: Lily Baird (Hotel and Lodging Management), Lily Baird and Searra Funch (Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan)
10th place: Ashley Biwott (Economics exam)

Biwott placed 10th out of 308 students who took the economics exam.

Three other MHS students -- Emery Engling (Business Services Marketing), along with Amber Kaplan and Elizabeth Schink (Sports Marketing Team Decision-Making) received honorable mention recognition. 

In addition, Elena Roden earned medals in both of her events, Professional Selling and Apparel and Accessories.

Eight students qualified for the International Career Development Conference in Orlando at the end of April, while four students qualified in two events. That's the most MHS has had double qualify for ICDC, said DECA adviser Robert Hutchison, who took over in 2001.

Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) has been around for more than 60 years and has more than 185,000 student members in 5,000 high schools. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.